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Champaign IL Energy Saving Tips for the Winter Season

by Rose Price

For many of us in Champaign/Urbana IL the winter season brings visions of the holidays, winter sports and nights sitting around the fireplace wrapped up in a comforter sipping on our favorite hot drinks. For others it causes headaches and sleepless nights of cold or worries over a soaring energy bill.

Instead of worrying, there are things that can be done to limit the damage to our wallet, and still keep you and your family safe and comfortable during the winter months.  Here are some “easy to do” energy saving tips to try:

  • GET A HOME ENERGY AUDIT-most companies will do this for free.
  • CLEAN & MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEM
  • REPLACE BROKEN WINDOWS & DOORS                                           
  • INSULATE YOUR WINDOWS
  • SEAL ALL LEAKS IN YOUR HOME- including where cables come into the home, around sump pump, and where pipes are.
  • WEATHERSTRIP- Windows & Doors                                                                    
  • REPAIR ROOF DAMAGE- REPLACE IF NECESSARY
  • MAINTAIN, REPAIR OR REPLACE WATER HEATER
  • WRAP (INSULATE) WATER HEATER
  • CLEAN FIREPLACE/CHIMNEY BEFORE SEASONAL USE
  • ADD ADDITIONAL INSULATION to attic, basement, exterior wall

A few other things to do ……:

  • Unplug all unused appliances,  and electrical components
  • Use Energy Star Products
  • Install Programmable Thermostats
  • Always Turn off Lights in rooms not being used
  • Turn down your thermostat at night time
  • Make sure your curtains are open during the daytime (Sunshine) hours
  • Make sure all your Heating Vents are free and clear of any furniture or blocks of any kind

Keep in mind that if you are planning on selling your home, buyers are very conscience of energy costs associated with a home. Buyers will always ask for the prior heating and cooling records for that home. So anything you can do to make your home more energy efficient will not only help you, but will also help you sell your home at a later time.  Buyers at this time are not just looking for the home to be the “beautiful home” on the outside….they need it to be the “energy efficient” home on the inside for them to grab it when it goes on the market.  

If you are a Champaign/Urbana homeowner and find yourself in need of assistance this home heating season, follow this link for more information:  CCRPC

If you're interested in more tips or information on becoming a homeowner in the Champaign/Urbana IL area give me a call, stop in my office or check out my website at www.champaignrose.com.                                                      

HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES AROUND THE CHAMPAIGN/URBANA AREA

by Rose Price

The Champaign/Urbana area definitely loves their scary, ghoulish and gory time of the year!  We found so many activities that are taking place between now and Halloween....so get ready for the low down:

* 10/19  3:00 - 5:00 pm  Trick or Tureating With The Stars- U of I Womens Basketball Team

* 10/24  6:00 - 7:00 pm  Trick or Treat with the Illini Womens Soccer Team

* 10/25  10:00 - 11:30 am  Fall Scavenger Hunt  Mahomet IL

* 10/25  3:00 - 3: 45 pm  Howl-o-ween! ~Champaign Public Library

* 10/26  2:00 - 4:00 pm  Howl’Oween at the Bark District ~ Champaign Bark District Dog Park

* 10/26  4:00 - 6:00 pm  Mayfair Park Halloween Parade ~ Mayfair Park Champaign

* 10/27  6:00 - 8:00 pm  Trick or Treat Street (must pre-register by Oct. 20!)

Give your costume a trial run before Halloween night!  Music Games & Haunted House.

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Ongoing Scheduled Halloween Events:

* 10/30 5-7 pm Trick or Treat TangerStyle

Calling all ghosts, goblins, ghouls, princesses and super-heroes! Join in for Trick or Treat TangerStyle 

* 10/31 5-7 pm  Halloween at the Co-Op

Bring the kids by the Common Ground Flatlander classroom for some Halloween themed fun! They’ll have a few festive stations set up. Kids can making healthy Halloween snacks like ghost bananas and pumpkin tangerines, paint gourds, and if your child stops by in their costume, they will receive an extra treat from their friendly staff.

* 10/31 7:30 - 9:30  UI Wind Symphony: Halloween Concert

Expect frightful songs and spellbinding melodies at this concert held on the spookiest night of the year.

* 10/31 7 - 9 pm  An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe at Allerton Mansion 

* Shocktober Filmfest 2014- ART THEATER

   Our Late Night at the Art committee present their 2nd annual month of horror       this October!

* The Haunted Hide-a-Way    http://www.thehauntedhideaway.com/home

* CU SCARED-   https://www.facebook.com/cuscared

* Ghost Stories: Gruesome, Gory, and Ghastly Ghosts and Ghouls

* The Haunt at Bone Saw Mill  http://bonesawmill.com/

* An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe at Allerton Mansion: 10/31  7=9 PM

Tip for Selling your Champaign/Urbana Home in the Fall

by Rose Price

 

The leaves are changing to their beautiful shades of red, orange and gold and the days are getting cooler....it's Fall in the Champaign/Urbana area!  Well it may not be the most popular season to put your home on the market, there's no reason to wait for spring when the autumn season starts.  People are ready to buy homes year round....you just need to be prepared.

There will most likely be less homes on the market this time of year, so preparing your home ahead of time will allow a fast sale to the right buyer. Most buyers don't want to move when the weather is cold and blustery, if they don't have to, so the fall is your last chance to position your home with those buyers before the winter season moves in.

The Fall season is beautiful in Champaign/Urbana and allows for some amazing decorating both inside and out, but it also means that you need to maintain the exterior of your home so that it shows well to each and every potential buyer.  

1. Clean up the Yard. Make sure that the leaves are cleared from the yard regularly and that dead plants and blooms have been cleared.  Shrubs should be cut back as well to give your yard a nice manicured look. This will enhance the overall look of your home from the curb when a prospective buyer pulls up to the curb.

2. Clear deck furniture off for the season and store accordingly and wash deck,& siding of any mildew, mold that has accumulated with the change of season. This is also the time to put on the storm doors and windows and make sure all windows and sparkling clean for your potential buyers.

3. Embrace the Fall season! Most people love the fall color and the anticipation of the coming holidays. Decorating your home with seasonal arrangements of flowers, scented candles, or pumpkin & spice potpourri can really add warmth inside. Adding  lovely Mums to the front porch gives a splash of color that helps create great curb appeal. But DON'T over do it!  A little goes a long way.

4. You NEED the right Real Estate Agent! There's a reason you're selling in the Fall, and you need the agent who is experienced, and knows your area well, knows how to price your home and what it takes to sell your home now. Be serious about asking the right questions so you find the right agent for your needs.  Ask around and get referrals.

5. Keep it Light & Bright. The seasons are changing and that means that the sun is setting much sooner in the day.  It is critical to make sure that you have adequate lighting in place in all rooms. Your potential buyers need to be able to see each room clearly, every area, at all times of the day. Ask your real estate agent for tips on showcasing your rooms best asset's and how to do that at the different times of day.

6. Make sure your House is Priced Right. Fall is the time of year when your home needs to be priced right from the start. Some people think it needs to be priced lower to sell in the fall and winter seasons, but that is simply not true!  It needs to be priced competitively with the market. This is why you need to rely on your real estate agent to know the market and to price your home accordingly. 

Lastly, be prepared to move!  Once your home sells you need to be ready to move. When people buy in the Fall they want to be able to get into their new home quickly before the weather turns bad. So make sure that you have your plan in place and that once you have the offer on your home, you have set the wheels in motion and will be ready to move when your buyers are ready to get into your home.

HAPPY FALL SELLING!  IT'S A GREAT TIME OF YEAR TO SELL YOUR CHAMPAIGN/URBANA HOME!

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